By Poyi (Natalie) Leung
Eleven new speed detection systems will be in operation starting the midnight of May 11 including on the Friendship Bridge.
According to Public Security Police (PSP) traffic superintendent Lam Man Wai, the number of speeding cases had been declining throughout the years since the detection systems were installed.
In 2008, about 8,300 speeding reports were logged.
And between January and April this year, 2,423 drivers were also found to exceed road speed limits.
In collaboration with the Transport Bureau (DSAT), 11 more speed detection systems have been installed in various locations across the Macau Peninsula, Taipa and Coloane.
Of them, three are in the peninsula on Avenida da Amizade, Avenida Dr. Sun Yat-Sen and Avenida da Republica; one in Taipa Avenida dos Jogos da Asia Oriental; three in Coloane Estrada de Seac Pai Van, Estrade de Hac Sa and Estrade do Altinho de Ka Ho; as well as four on the Friendship Bridge.
That means starting the midnight of May 11, the Macau side, Taipa and Coloane will have a total of respectively five, two and four speed detection systems in operation, whilst the Friendship Bridge will have six.
The PSP traffic superintendent said the road sections will show “clear signs” to remind drivers that they have entered a speed detection area.
If a car is moving over the speed limit, the system will take a picture of the scene instantly which details the time, date, location, license plate number and the speed of the vehicle at that time.
The data will afterwards be sent to the PSP traffic department and prosecutions will be followed accordingly.
Meanwhile, the PSP and the DSAT will in the next phase install other 15 speed detection systems including two on the Nobre de Carvalho Bridge, which at present has no speed detection in place.
DSAT traffic equipment division head Jonithan Lai Kin Hou said the 15 new locations were selected based on the requests of residents and organisations.
He also said that tenders will be put up at a later time and it is expected that the installation will be completed at the end of this year or early 2010.
The Macau Peninsula will see seven more detection systems including on Avenida Dr. Sun Yat-Sen, Estrada de Cacilhas, Avenida do Comendador Ho Yin, Avenida Norte do Hipodromo and Avenida Panoramica do Lago Sai Van.
In addition, Avenida dos Jardins do Oceano, Estrada Almirante Marques Esparteiro, Estrada da Baia de Nossa Senhora de Esperanca, Avenida Marginal Flor de Lotus and also Estrada de Hac Sa in Coloane will be installed with six speed detection systems later this year.
In 2010, there will be altogether 34 speed detection spots throughout the territory.
The PSP traffic superintendent said the increase in the number of detection systems aims to “raise the public awareness of safe driving, rather than to prosecute people”.
The total cost of the 26 speed detection machines is about 10 million patacas.